Cancer information for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People

Improving cancer outcomes

Cancer is the second leading cause of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with significantly lower survival than for other Australians, despite similar overall cancer incidence. This may be attributed to reasons such as later diagnosis of cancer, reduced uptake of or access to treatment and more comorbidities. Aboriginal adult cancer patients report substantial unmet supportive care needs, including provision of transport, suitable accommodation for both the patient and their support person(s) and extra psychological support. In order to make our health system work better to meet Aboriginal patients’ needs, we need to know more about what is happening now and how services could be improved. Cancer Council NSW is working in partnership with the Menzies School of Health Research and organisations such as service providers, policy-makers and relevant stakeholder groups, to investigate disparities in cancer care and identify more effective services that will improve cancer outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. To find out more about this research visit